Arsenal sign Wilfried Zaha in etiquette masterclass
HOW tabloid football journalism works::
Daily Mirror November 27, 2012:
He’s on the list: Wenger confirms Arsenal will move for Zaha in January
Arsene Wenger has confirmed that Arsenal have got Crystal Palace hot shot Wilfried Zaha on the January transfer hit list…Wenger confirmed Zaha – called up by England last month – is on their list but also tried to play it cool so it would not inflate his price.
Wenger said: “We are looking at every player who could strengthen our squad. He’s [Zaha] not more on the list than anybody else.”
Got that? Wenger confirms nothing. A question was put to the Arsenal boss, who replied to it. One days later, the Sun thunders:
IAN HOLLOWAY has slammed Arsene Wenger over moves to sign England new-boy Wilfried Zaha…Ollie said: “Why is he talking about my players? It’s not the game. I will be picking the phone up to talk to him as I don’t think it is right and proper with the greatest respect.That is totally bad etiquette.”
Better etiquette to talk about it to the tabloids (see Debrett’s Everyday Etiquette Guide: Soccer).